A question I see a lot in Facebook groups is, “Can I take my Cockapoo running with me?”.
The answer is yes, you can take your cockapoo running, and you should. Like their parent dog breeds, poodles and cocker spaniels, They love to run and have lots of energy and healthy stamina, which means they need lots of exercise. Cockapoos have a lot of great qualities that make them suitable running buddies. Also, taking time out to take your cockapoo running every day is an excellent way of spending time together and building a strong bond with your companion.
However, you must wait until their joints and bones are properly developed. Don’t try taking out a cockapoo puppy, especially if they are six months old or younger. Even if your cockapoo loves being your running partner early, you could be doing long-term damage if you take your cockapoo running too early. Even though they may look like they love it, you could be doing their tiny joints damage which could cause them problems later in life.
Instead, wait until they are 18 months or older. By then, their joints will be fully developed.
Things You Need to Make Sure of Before Taking Your Cockapoo Running
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So we know that cockapoos, as a dog breed, are a suitable running partner. However, there are some things you need to make sure of with your cockapoo before you start taking it out for exercise. As a starter, you need to take your cockapoo to the vet. It’s never good to make them have too much exercise in the beginning anyway.
Other things you need to be aware of when taking your cockapoo running include the following.
Desire and Energy Level
Cockapoos are considered moderate energy, but that doesn’t mean all dogs will be the same. Some cocker spaniels and poodles are very lazy. Even if your cockapoo is not interested in running, it will probably love walking. Regardless, you should always be dog-led, or in this case, cockapoo-led when it comes to setting the pace.
Another crucial consideration before running with a cockapoo, walking, or jogging is whether your cockapoo has any underlying health issues. Like their owners, although cockapoos are normally a very healthy breed, you will always find exceptions. Heart issues and hip or knee problems are not unheard of with cockapoos. When planning to do any level of exercise with your dog, be mindful of their health.
Following on from the above point, if your cockapoo is injured in any way, it is not a good idea to take them out for some exercise. You need to listen to what the vets say, just as you would listen to a human doctor’s advice if you were ill, but it is best to wait until your cockapoo is fully recovered before taking your cockapoo running.
Is your cockapoo overweight? Then running with a cockapoo could be a good idea. While the sentiment is at least correct, jogging, running or even too much walking may not be the best idea for a dog with a weight problem. Bear in mind that any additional weight beyond what is expected for his or her size and age will strain their bones and joints.
All that pressure will only lead to more severe health issues and injuries if you insist on making your cockapoo go out for a run. Although it will depend on your dog, cockapoos should be between 12 and 24 pounds (between 5.4 and 10.9 Kg) before you go out jogging or running for some exercise with your furry companion.
Why Are Cockapoos Great Running Partners?
Are cockapoos good running dogs? The simple reason why your cockapoo is a great running companion is simple. They love to run. Although they may not be quite as well built for running as a Weimaraner, vizsla or husky, they still have a lot of great qualities that make them suitable for athletic exercise.
Energy and Stamina
Cockapoos, like most dogs, tend to be able to run faster than their human owners.
One of the reasons why a dog may not be the best jogging companion is its endurance. However, with cockapoos, this does not tend to be an issue. Stamina is also one of these things that you can work on with your dog and improve upon. Typically, all healthy dogs should be able to run or jog for at least 1 to 2 miles with practice.
The great thing about cockapoos is that they can usually run further. If you are just starting, don’t try to go running with a cockapoo before you can walk with your cockapoo. Remember that you need to introduce them to physical exercise slowly and progressively. If you make your cockapoo do too much exercise initially, you could cause real problems for your canine buddy.
How Fast Can A Cockapoo Run?
The average speed of a healthy adult cockapoo running is around 20 to 25 mph. A cockapoo top speed is 25mpg. If your cockapoo cannot keep up with you or even overtakes you regularly, it could be a sign of a problem.
Of course, not every dog is the same size, and as such, you will find that most experts agree that medium-sized dogs are better suited in terms of the build for running. A smaller dog may have trouble keeping up a reasonable pace over long distances, whereas a larger dog could suffer an injury if they exercise too much.
As cockapoos are on the smaller side of the medium-sized dog category, they are good running companions.
How Far Can A Cockapoo run?
Part of the reason many people get dogs first is to encourage them to participate in more physical activity and exercise. It’s something that all dogs like, and even if cockapoos are not as fast as greyhounds or whippets, they can still give pet owners a run for their money. In terms of the actual distances they can run or jog for, it will depend significantly on your canine buddy, but you can expect him or her, if they are in good health, to be fine covering around 3 to 5 miles easily.
Proper preparation before doing any form of physical activity with your cockapoo is essential. Over time, the more you go running, jogging or walking with your dog, the better they will get. But it needs to be gradual.
To help you work out how far can a cockapoo run, we have put together a guide with some tips you can follow.
Just like us, it’s not advisable to just take them out for 10 miles on their first-ever run. Instead, start small and slowly build up over time.
When you first take your Cockapoo for a run, it’s advisable to just go out for a few kilometres to see how they get on. You might find that they are running all over the place and almost tripping you up with the lead in front of you. My cockapoo always walks on my left-hand side, and naturally, when we go running, she runs on that side. However, she will sometimes decide she wants to run across me, so it’s always worth keeping an eye on them.
My ideal run with Luna is our local park run. Dogs are allowed to run as long as they are with people, and Luna gets lots of attention from other runners. Luna is much faster than me, as I’m not a great runner, so I sometimes feel like I am holding her back.
We have probably done 20 or so runs together now, and there are always loads of other dogs with their people and sometimes some other Cockapoos.
Can a cockapoo run 5k?
Yes, a 5k is an excellent running distance for a cockapoo. Luna and I regularly run 5k distances, and she gets home and runs around the garden after it.
I’ve only done a few larger runs with Luna, as I’m not a big long-distance runner. I’ve read a lot on Facebook about some taking their dogs on huge runs (10 to 12 miles), and their dogs cope fine. I’m not a vet or dog expert, but if I was to do runs that big, I wouldn’t do them that often and make sure that I take plenty of small breaks to make sure they are ok.
Listen To Your Cockapoo
We have all heard the phrase “listen to your body” when we have worked out too hard and need a rest. Unfortunately, your waggly-tailed buddy can’t talk to us and tell us that we need a break. However, you should be able to tell from your dog’s body language when they need to go a bit slower or take a break. Sometimes you may feel like your cockapoo is loving it and isn’t stopping, but if you decided to run 100 miles, chances are your cockapoo would like to do the whole 100 with you because you are in their pack, and they want to be with you.
Cockapoos are a mix of 2 energetic breeds (the spaniel and poodle), but they are still not as good a runner as some breeds of dogs that were purposely bred for running or hunting.
Keep An Eye On The Weather
If you are a dedicated runner, you probably run whatever the weather. On the other hand, our dogs wear furry coats 24 hours a day. If it’s too hot, you shouldn’t be taking your dog for a run. They will get hotter a lot faster than you do, and you don’t want them collapsing on you.
There are also times when it will be too cold for running. You don’t want your cockapoo slipping on the ice and injuring themselves.
What Should You Take With You?
Nobody wants their hands full with them when they are running. That’s why you should maybe take a look at buying a running belt. You can put your water bottle inside these, your dog poo bags and a few treats. This should make your running more manageable and allow you to keep your hands free.
What Kind Of Lead? Do You Need a Dog Harness?
I just run or jog with leads that are longer than standard leads. It has a bit of a spring in the lead which feels nice when I’m running.
If I were to run more, I’d look at a good running lead with a harness that fits around her waist. This allows you to be hands-free when you jog or run or are involved in any physical activity, and it’s something I’ll try when I become a bit more confident running with Luna.
Get Out There and Run With Your Cockapoo
So, given their cocker spaniel and poodle heritage, this type of dog can be an excellent partner to take on a jog. As all dogs are different, no one rule can be applied to them all. Some are better runners than others. Take your time with your cockapoo and when you decide that it is time to jog, always take care and follow your dog’s needs. Be sure to pack lots of water for you both, and most importantly, enjoy the jog and time spent with your cockapoo.
Mike is the proud owner of a 7-year-old Cockapoo named Luna. He loves to share stories, tips and information about owning a Cockapoo. With over7 years of experience as an owner, Mike is passionate about helping others own and care for their dog.